Education | May 25, 2020

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This quick start guide gives you an introduction to the essentials of joining and participating in an NMB Zoom webinar.

You can join any Zoom webinar by clicking the meeting URL, or by entering the meeting ID into the Zoom Web Portal, the desktop app, or mobile app. As an attendee, you can ask questions in the Q&A feature, virtually raise your hand, and take part in polls.

Join a Webinar via URL

  1. Click the Webinar URL provided by the host
  2. Follow the prompts to download and install the Zoom desktop application.

NOTE: You will need to download and install the Zoom desktop application to use meeting chat and participate in polls.

Join a Meeting via the Zoom Web Portal

  1. Navigate to
  2. Click Join.
  3. Enter your Access Account user ID and password, if prompted.
  4. Enter the Webinar ID into the Meeting ID field.
  5. Enter your email address and name in the fields provided.
  6. Click Join the Webinar.

Adjust Audio Settings

Only the host and panelists can talk in a webinar. However, you can adjust your speaker settings.

  1. Click the Audio Settings button in the lower-left to check your speaker settings.

NOTE: A host can choose to promote you to a panelist during a webinar, and this will allow you access to a variety of tools via the menu bar such as enabling your audio and video and sharing your screen.

Webinar Controls and Interaction

In a Zoom webinar, you can interact with the host, co-hosts, and panelists by raising your hand, typing in chat, or typing in Q&A if the host has enabled those features in the webinar.

Raise Your Hand

Raise your hand in the webinar to indicate that you need something from the host. The host may instruct you on how they plan to use this. Many webinar hosts use this feature to know if an attendee has a question and would like to speak out loud.

  1. Click the Raise Hand button at any time to indicate to the host and panelists that you have a question.
  2. To lower your hand, click the Lower Hand button.

Send Messages with Chat

Chat is a feature that is controlled by the webinar host. The host can choose to allow participants to chat with everyone, only panelists and hosts, or with no one.

  1. Click the Chat button to open the chat panel.
  2. Type your message in the Text box at the bottom of the panel.
  3. Press Enter to send your message.

Ask Questions with Q&A

You can pose questions to the host and panelists using the Q&A feature. The host or panelist may choose to respond to you privately or send your question and answer to everyone in the webinar.

  1. Click the Q&A button to open the window.
  2. Type your response to the question in the text field.
  3. If you want your question to be anonymous, check the Send Anonymously checkbox.
  4. Click Send.

The host/panelist can also answer your question live (out loud).

As an attendee, you can also like or comment on other attendees’ questions. This helps the host or participant identify popular questions, especially in a webinar with many attendees.

  1. Click the thumbs-up icon to like a comment.
    Tip: The number beside the icon is the total number of likes the question has received so far.

Leave a Webinar

  1. Click the X in the upper-right corner of the window to exit the webinar.
  2. Click the Leave Meeting button in the dialog box.

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